The US-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopian forces has predictably turned into a disaster for the Somali people.
It has been a year now since the United Islamic Courts were overthrown after being in power for six months. During that time much of the violence and brutality of the contending local elites had been brought to a halt.
Last December's invasion, supported by US special forces, aircraft and ships, left the Ethiopian troops in charge of the country. But they have been unable to impose a government with even a shred of democratic legitimacy, and along with the transitional federal government have faced mounting opposition.